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On October 6, a 5.9 earthquake struck northern Haiti taking the lives of eighteen people. Seven of the deaths were in the town of Gros Morne, where Global Health Volunteers (GHV) have served since 1998. Effects of the earthquake heavily damaged 42 life-giving institutions such as churches, schools and health centers, destroyed 2,102 homes and damaged 15,932 more. The GHV team arrived on November 9, about one month after the earthquake, to find many Haitians still sleeping on the streets at night because they are afraid their home will collapse on them. The GHV team of thirteen volunteers provided primary care services to 688 patients and provided invaluable support to many needing PTSD counseling over the 10-day mission.
Global Health looks forward to returning to Haiti and continuing to respond to the immediate needs of community as well as helping our in-country partners build long-term healthier communities and move toward self-sustainability.